Katherine Jenkins insured against swine flu


(Daily Telegraph)

The voice of Katherine Jenkins, the classical singer, has been insured against swine flu in cover worth up to £1 million.

Organisers of the three-day Big Gig Weekend festival, at which the mezzo-soprano is due to perform next month, have taken out the insurance in case she and her fellow performers are struck down with the virus.

It is the first time a live performance has been covered against swine flu in Britain, according to InsureandGo, which is providing the cover.

Some 30,000 people are expected to attend The Big Gig Weekend at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, at the end of September.

They will hear the 26-year-old Welsh singer perform with the National Symphony Orchestra. Other performers include the band Boyzone, singer-songwriter James Morrison and the dance troupe Diversity, which beat Susan Boyle to win the ITV1 show Britain’s Got Talent.

Perry Wilson, of InsureandGo, said: “This is going to cover the event’s promoters just in case Katherine is unable to perform if she becomes ill. Obviously, if one of the acts is a no show, the promoters stand to lose quite a lot of money as ticket holders could demand their money back. This is the first time that a live concert or performance has been provided with cover against swine flu, and we’re very happy to provide the cover.”

A spokesman for InsureandGo added that the £1 million cover was the total sum covered for all three nights of the festival. He said: “We believe it is the first time in the world a live event has been covered against swine flu.”

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